The program’s overarching goal is to improve the mental health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum people and, thereby, their infants’ social and emotional development, through increased access to appropriate treatment and recovery support services. The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to carry out this program in Vermont.
To establish, improve or maintain programs that expand health care providers’ capacity to screen, assess, treat and refer pregnant andpostpartum people for perinatal depression and related behavioral health disorders including in rural and medically underserved areas.
VCHIP Efforts: Increase the capacity of Vermont’s health care providers to educate, screen, diagnose, prevent and treat perinatal depression and other related behavioral disorders.
VDH collaborates with the Department of Mental Health, Help Me Grow Vermont, designated mental health agencies, parent child centers, the University of Vermont’s Medical Center’s Obstetrics, community hospitals, nurse home visiting programs and other community stakeholders.
Factoring in Fathers - The Changing Face of Paternal Perinatal Mental Health Webinar
Recording | Slides
Vermont Department of Health-Support Delivered
Perinatal Psychiatric Consultation Service for Vermont Medical Providers
HelpMeGrowVermont connects expecting and new families to mental health clinicians with specialized expertise in treating PMADs and other community services. Providers working with pregnant individuals and families who are experiencing PMADs can also make a direct referral by completing an online referral form. Or, you can:
Call 211, option 6
Text HMGVT to 898211
GET HELP NOW
Call or text 24/7 1-833-943-5746 National Maternal Mental Health Hotline
Call or text during business hours 1-800-944-4773 Postpartum Support International HelpLine
In An Emergency
Call 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Text HOME to 741741 National Crisis Text Line
Breena Holmes, MD, FAAP, Faculty
Jill Davis, MA, CPHQ, Project Director
Kelli Joyce, Project Coordinator